I have lived in Coventry, Connecticut, for three weeks now, and I’ve gotten to know a few of my neighbors. The friendliest and cutest of them all is the flock of fifty or so bluebirds that frequents the woods behind our building. I had never seen a single bluebird until about a year ago, and now here I find so many.
In the 1960s and 1970s bluebird populations had reached a threatened level, but thanks in large part to nesting boxes set up by birding enthusiasts, their numbers have increased. Though the Eastern Bluebird is no longer listed as threatened, it still has many predators and a diminishing natural habitat.
Joshua’s Trust will be offering an educational workshop about bluebird conservation next month at their office in the old schoolhouse at the corner of Rt. 32 and Rt. 275 in Mansfield. It is planned for 10:00 a.m. on February 21st, but if the snow makes traveling difficult, it will be held at the same time the following week.
At this workshop, there will be 30 seats available, but in this case the early bird gets the… nesting box kit. The first 15 people to register will be given the opportunity to build a nest box to take home. The program is recommended for ages 6 and up. There is no cost, but pre-registration is required.
I’ve already registered for this workshop. My new neighbors are so playful and sweet, I want to be sure they continue to feel at home! Meanwhile, I am going to help feed them through the winter months. Their favorite foods seem to include insects, berries, mealworms, and sunflower seeds, but they do not take as easily to man-made feeders as do some other species.
My new friend the Eastern Bluebird seems exceptionally sensitive. They do not tolerate pesticides. They do not fight unless their young are threatened. They will not nest just any old place. They have a high standard of living, by which they can be viewed as messengers of environmental concern. To protect the beautiful, finicky bluebird is to protect the habitat they prefer– And the bluebird has good taste! Fields lined with berry bushes and woodland, free of pollutants and invasive competitors.
The bluebird is an unusual species whose exotic color and friendly trill have given it a special place in the heart of man. It symbolizes happiness, joy, and love. If you would like to protect this species and all that it could mean to future generations, you can begin by attending the Joshua’s Trust workshop.
To register, contact Joan Hill at 228-2849 or email@example.com.